SEND Information Report

What do we mean by Hope Wood SEND Information Report?

Everything we provide for your son/daughter.

How can my son/daughter attend Hope Wood Academy?

• A proposed EHCP is produced before a final EHCP which provides details about your son/daughter, their needs and support required.
• Final Education Health Care Plan naming Hope Wood Academy as your child’s educational placement

How will my son/daughter be supported and prepared before/after attending/leaving Hope Wood Academy?

• Transition programme with dedicated in school transition staff
• Settings sharing information to ensure individual needs are met.
• Connexions/Health/Social Care/Post 19 provision
• Links to colleges through visits
• Transition Nursing Team/Learning Disability Nurse may also support identified individuals
• Home visits where appropriate
• Transition leads visiting previous provision
• Independent travel team
• Curriculum with appropriate progression pathways.

How will my son/daughter be transported to Hope Wood Academy?

• Education transport dependent on the distance from your home to school.
• Local Authority SEN department will contact the Local Authority transport department and organise it.
• Local Authority transport staff (taxi driver and passenger assistant where possible) introduce themselves to you and your son/daughter.
• Date and time arranged and any medical information shared.

If Local Authority transport not available due to distance from the academy parents arrange their own transport
• Independent traveller/student will use public transport.
• The academy offers a Programme for Independent Travel Training to assist learners in becoming independent travellers

How will the curriculum be matched to my son/daughter’s needs?

• Personalised input based on assessments/EHCP outcomes
• All subjects, adapted, creative starting with students development needs
• Indoor and outdoor learning
• Range of offsite and residential learning opportunities
• Use of therapies (rebound, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy)
• Identified accredited qualifications appropriate to learner’s needs
• Multidisciplinary Team input.

How will I know my son/daughter is making progress at Hope Wood Academy?

• EHC planning meetings/Annual review meetings and termly reports to parents
• Progress made in accredited qualifications
• Coffee morning opportunities to look at son/daughter’s work
• Accreditation outcomes
• Data reported annually
• Individual Education Plans
• Homework
• Shared learning mornings
• Celebration of learning afternoons

What specialist resources, services and expertise are available at or accessed by Hope Wood Academy?

• Speech and Language Therapist
• Occupational Therapist.
• Occupational Therapist Assistant
• Educational Psychologist
• Behaviour support
• Hearing impairment team
• CAMHS (Child and adolescent mental health services)
• Educational Psychologist
• Medical Team (e.g. school nurse)
• Leisure and college facilities
• Connexions
• Social Care

How are the Academy’s resources allocated and matched to my son/daughter’s needs?

  • Individualised programme (referrals and professionals) to enable them to access the curriculum.
  • Staff : pupil ratio
  • Pupil premium funding
  • Year 7 Catch up grant
  • Post 16 bursary funding
  • Other EHCP needs
  • Primary PE Grant

What specialist teaching qualifications do staff have who support my son/daughter at Hope Wood Academy?

• Qualified Teacher Status
• Assertive Discipline
• BSL (adapted signing)
• Medically trained (Epilepsy, Epi-pen, Diabetes)
• Social Communication Emotional Regulation Transactional Support (SCERTS)
• Rebound therapy (trampoline)
• First aiders
• Safeguarding Training
• Team Teach/Advanced team Teach

What activities could my son/daughter be included in within and outside the day/extra-curricular activities?

• Curricular visits
• Independent travel training
• Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
• Lunchtime clubs
• After school club
• Summer school
• Residentials
• Forest schools
• Horse riding
• Hydrotherapy

How can I as a parent be involved at Hope Wood Academy?

• Invited to assemblies/celebrations of success
• Coffee mornings/Parent voice
• Attending annual review meetings/MDT meetings
• Parents evening
• Volunteering
• Surveys and questionnaires
• Parent courses and workshops
• Parent Director/ parent forum

How can I support my son/daughter’s needs?

• Writing in the home school diary about news and activities at home
• Providing school with information re appointments or medical updates
• Attending medical appointments, parent evenings and meetings with school staff
• Attending parent courses/workshops
• Use curriculum advice and activity ideas from the tutor
• Helping with homework
• Telling us when things are going well or equally when there is an issue that needs resolving

What support will there be at Hope Wood Academy for my son/daughter’s overall wellbeing?

• Curriculum and targets that meet the child’s behaviour and self-help needs.
• Safeguarding
• Positive school ethos
• School nurse
• Trained staff
• First aiders
• Student voice
• Independent travel training
• Personal Social Health Education

Who can I contact for further information?

• SENCO – Carolyn Bird  – Deputy Head
• Executive Headteacher Team – Rachel Ireland/Yvonne Limb, Head of Academy – Adele Pearson, Deputy Head Teachers – Carolyn Bird/Vicky Gorton  or Assistant Head – Mike Finlay
• Reception/Office
• Form Tutor
• Transition Team

Who can I contact if I have a complaint?

  • Initial contact can be made with school by contacting the above.
  • Alternatively, Hope Wood Academy, part of Ascent Academies’ Trust  have an Ascent Academies’Complaints Policy.
  • This policy can be found in its entirety on the Trust website through this link

County Durham Local Offer

Click on the link below for the County Durham Local Offer

County Durham Local Offer

 How does the academy meet the needs of Looked After Children?

Looked After Children are placed in the academy by the local authority and needs are identified through the EHCP process. A PEP meeting is held shortly after entry into the academy and is reviewed on a regular basis.

The PEP (Personal Education Plan) is a record of what needs to happen for looked after children to enable them to fulfil their potential and reflects any existing education plans, such as a statement of special educational needs, Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Provision Mapping. The PEP should reflect the importance of a personalised approach to learning which secures good basic skills, stretches aspirations and builds life chances.


Carolyn Bird, Deputy Head is also the designated teacher for Looked After Children in the academy. Carolyn works closely with colleagues from social care and also from County Durham LACES team to ensure all needs are fully met.

Click on the link below for the County Durham LACES Team.

County Durham LACES Team